PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers field hockey team will play 11 home games during the 2004 season, highlighted by match-ups against Delaware, Boston College and Michigan State, head coach Liz Tchou announced. In all, the Scarlet Knights’ regular season includes 19 games, beginning on Saturday, Aug. 28, against Georgetown.
After playing just seven home games last year, RU’s 2004 slate begins by hosting Georgetown and Saint Joseph’s on back-to-back days during the final weekend in August. The Scarlet Knights will then head south to Virginia the following weekend, traveling to Virginia Commonwealth (Friday, Sept. 3) and William and Mary (Sunday, Sept. 5).
The Michigan State Spartans make their first-ever trip to the Rutgers Stadium Complex on Thursday, Sept. 9, beginning a stretch of four-consecutive home games. Drexel (Friday, Sept. 10), BIG EAST foe Syracuse (Friday, Sept. 17) and Temple (Sunday, Sept. 19) are also part of the homestand.
From Sept. 22-26, a busy four-day stretch occurs in which Rutgers will play three road games in the greater Philadelphia region. The Scarlet Knights take on Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Sept. 22, Villanova on Saturday, Sept. 25 and West Chester on Sunday, Sept. 26.
A home game with Delaware (Wednesday, Sept. 29) and neutral-site tilt with Boston University (Sunday, Oct. 3 at Princeton) come before the Scarlet Knights embark on a two-game BIG EAST road trip, traveling to Providence on Friday, Oct. 9, and Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 16.
Rutgers closes out its regular season with four consecutive home games, beginning with defending BIG EAST champion Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 23. In-state foe Rider comes to the Rutgers Stadium Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 26, followed by Lafayette (Friday, Oct. 29) and Cornell (Sunday, Oct. 31).
Under Tchou, Rutgers finished 7-13 last year and earned a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament. The Scarlet Knights return four starters and seven letterwinners this season.
2004 Rutgers Field Hockey Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 28 GEORGETOWN 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29 SAINT JOSEPH’S 1:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3 at Virginia Commonwealth 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5 at William and Mary 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 9 MICHIGAN STATE 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 10 DREXEL 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 17 SYRACUSE* 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 19 TEMPLE 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Pennsylvania 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25 at Villanova* 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26 at West Chester 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 29 DELAWARE 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3 vs. Boston University^ 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9 at Providence* Noon
Saturday, Oct. 16 at Connecticut * 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 BOSTON COLLEGE* 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 26 RIDER 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29 LAFAYETTE 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31 CORNELL 2:00 p.m.
Fri.-Sun. Nov. 5-7 BIG EAST Tournament Syracuse, NY
*BIG EAST contest
^at Princeton, NJ
Home games in CAPS